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H. Res. 942

In the House of Representatives, U. S.,

September 20, 2006.  

    Whereas in 1906, one hundred years ago, the people of Iran rose in a peaceful democratic revolution against arbitrary, despotic rulers;

    Whereas the people of Iran chose to confront these rulers with peaceful assemblies of thousands of people in the public spaces of Iran until these rulers received their demands;

    Whereas these rulers bowed to the wishes of the people on August 5, 1906, and issued a decree for the convocation of a freely elected assembly, the Majles, to write a democratic constitution;

    Whereas the Iranian constitution, written pursuant to the decree of 1906, was a democratic instrument providing for—

    (1) the establishment of an independent judiciary;

    (2) the establishment of an independent legislature with members directly elected by the people;

    (3) socio-political progress, including the separation of religion from the affairs of government; and

    (4) the commitment of the government to the territorial integrity of Iran;

    Whereas the maneuvering of the imperial powers and a fundamentalist clergy crushed the democratic aspirations represented in the constitution of 1906;

    Whereas the Iranian constitution of 1906 has nevertheless remained in the forefront of the aspirations of the Iranian people throughout decades of a long struggle towards progress, civil society, and democracy;

    Whereas those ideals were abolished by the clerical-led dictatorship of the Ayatollahs in 1979; and

    Whereas August 5, 2006, would be an appropriate day to recognize the centennial anniversary of the Iranian constitution of 1906: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) recognizes the centennial anniversary of the Iranian constitution of 1906;

(2) is mindful of the democratic revolution of 1906 that lead to the drafting of the Iranian constitution; and

(3) expresses its profound hope that the people of Iran will once again enjoy a democratic government in the spirit of the Iranian constitution of 1906.